Cassie Taylor has heard them all. Proud spinster, suffragist, and owner of the water rights to all the neighboring ranches, she is both the most powerful and most despised resident in the rough and tumble cattle town of Encanto, Arizona. After a severe drought forces her to ration the water supply, even the few friends Cassie has turn on her. Tempers flare and tensions build while everyone awaits a hard rain.
Not all are content to wait and unite to rid the town of the crazy female who thinks herself any man's equal. But Cassie's prepared to face any challenge. Until the day a sexy and very dangerous drifter rides into town, bent on changing the balance of power.
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With the ferocity of a caged animal, Cassie whirled on Raul. “How dare you!”
“Please calm down, patrona ,” Raul said, raising both hands in a peace-making gesture. “I was only trying to help.”
“Help?” She punched at his chest with her pointer finger. “I ordered you to let Jesse go. Now you've only managed to make things worse. You know who that was?”
Beneath his drooping, walrus mustache, Raul pursed his lips and spat on the ground. “I am not afraid of that pistolero.”
“You don't say?” Cassie put her hands on her hips. “So you had everything under control until I showed up, right?”
“I did not know the boy was with him,” Raul said with a shrug. “I only wished t-”
“Enough!” She stopped him with a wave of her hand. “If you hadn't interfered, none of this would've happened.”
Retrieving her gun, Cassie holstered it securely. Her angry gaze settled on Paco and Mario standing by the barn, actively exchanging glances.
“Leave us,” she said to them. “I'll deal with you two later.”
The brothers darted by her amid a flurry of awkwardly mumbled apologies.
Raul walked up behind her. “Do not punish them, patrona. They were only doing as I ordered.”
“I know they were,” Cassie said, rounding on him, “that's the problem. You seem to forget that I am boss here.”
“I do not forget.” He pulled his shoulders back and stood tall. “I only wish to help, like I helped Don Garrett for so many years.”
Cassie swallowed the acrid lump in her throat. He always played this card with her.